Alan Jackson, "It's Just That Way"

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The first single from this country veteran's forthcoming "Freight Train" sounds like classic Alan Jackson-a beautiful, understated love song with a gentle melody and heartfelt lyric. Though he wrote every track on his previous album, "Good Time," Jackson turns to other Nashville tunesmiths for some contributions to his new collection, and this well-crafted song is a winner. Penned by his longtime producer Keith Stegall and co-writers Vicky McGehee and Kylie Sackley, the song is just a simple celebration of a love that's as natural as the sunrise. The ever-dependable Jackson delivers a performance that oozes with warmth and his usual easygoing charm. "It's Just That Way" is a strong lead-in to what's sure to be one of country music's biggest releases in 2010. -Deborah Evans Price